Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Worldwide voluntary recall for EpiPens

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Select lots of EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® have been recalled due to a potential defect that prevents the device from activating.

Guam - After a recent recall of EpiPens, those who carry one may want to check the lot numbers. 

According to a release from the Department of Public Health and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, the Sagan Amot Pharmacy in Agat is, so far, the only dispensary identified to carry one affected EpiPen® Auto-Injector on Guam. While no other affected products were found, there may be others that have already been distributed. Meridian Medical Technologies, a Pfizer company, sent out a worldwide voluntary recall of select lots of its EpiPen® and EpiPen Jr® due to a potential defect that prevents the device from activating. In an emergency, this defect could have serious health consequences for patients with anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction to things like insect bites, food, and medication. 

The release states that a single lot was previously recalled, but for precautionary measures, the recall has been expanded. The recall is for the 0.3 mg and 0.15 mg strengths of EpiPen® Auto-Injector distributed between December 2015 and July 2016. Public health has not received local reports of injuries or illnesses from the recalled devices, but patients who have the items are urged to return them to their distribution pharmacy. For more information, you can call the Consumer Commodities Program at the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221. 

Here are the products that have been recalled:

Product/Dosage

NDC Number

Lot Number

Expiration Date

EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg

49502-501-02

5GN767

April 2017

EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg

49502-501-02

5GN773

April 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

5GM631

April 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

5GM640

May 2017

EpiPen Jr 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.15 mg

49502-501-02

6GN215

September 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM082

September 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM072

September 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM081

September 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM088

October 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM199

October 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM091

October 2017

EpiPen 2-Pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM198

October 2017

EpiPen 2-pak® Auto-Injectors, 0.3 mg

49502-500-02

6GM087

October 2017

If your EpiPen® Auto-Injector has been recalled, contact Stericycle at 877-650-3494 to obtain a voucher code for your free replacement product. More information on the worldwide voluntary recall can be found on http://www.mylan.com/en/epipenrecall.

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